Panic

Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, typically so strong that it prevents logical thinking and may trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know how frightening it can be – you might think you are having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attacks usually start without warning and come on suddenly. It is not uncommon for many people to experience one or two panic attacks over the course of their lifetimes. However, if you are experiencing frequent panic attacks, you may have panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that, in addition to repeated panic attacks, may also include an intense and ongoing fear of having another attack that can affect your daily life. Whether you’ve just had one experience with a panic attack or you are suffering from recurrent panic attacks and suspect you might have panic disorder, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s panic experts today.

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Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA
 

I am trained in methods to reduce the distress that a person feels surrounding panic disorder. The irony of panic is that the acceptance and welcoming of it is how one heals. I will teach you techniques to ground yourself in the moment and recognize what is going on with your body when you are experiencing a panic attack. You don't have to suffer any longer.

— Cornelia Seiffert, Clinical Social Worker

Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA
 

I utilize an exposure and response prevention model (ERP) to help my clients manage feelings of panic related to anxiety, PTSD, or OCD.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

My own struggles with panic attacks led me to the field of psychology - it seemed so fascinating that my own mind could hijack my entire body. After years of reading everything I could get my hands on, I have found that there are specific techniques (including ACT) that can reduce panic, and when combined with humor and a strong therapeutic relationship can help you re-enter your own life.

— Melinda Hammond, Psychologist in Plainfield, IL

Dr. Tslil Feinberg is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY30632) in San Diego, California specializing in sleep, trauma, and anxiety-related disorders. She has trained at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF) Hoarding and Anxiety Lab before spending a year at the SDSU Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety where she received extensive training in evidence-based therapy for a range of anxiety disorders including panic attacks, OCD, hoarding, GAD, PTSD, and social phobia.

— Dr. Tslil Feinberg, Clinical Psychologist
 

Often when we're in a "panic attack", our bodies are responding disproportionately to the current situation. Yet there's a good reason for this. Even without our being aware, our minds create meanings from past circumstances that impact our present day-to-day feelings. I want to help you reduce moments of panic by (counterintuitively) bringing those moments more into our sessions together. When the panic is cared for - not pushed down - I see clients improve.

— Connor McClenahan, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

The dread of feeling like you're going to have another panic attack can dampen your quality of life. The fear, anxiety, and holding yourself back from doing what you want to do are touchstones of suffering from panic. You are deserving of living through an entire day without the fear of or actually having a panic attack. Even though it feels like you might die, panic attacks are just that, panic attacks. They are treatable and you can overcome them.

— Kirsten Cheong, Marriage & Family Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
 

Racing thoughts, feeling caged in, heart racing, difficulty focusing, shallow breathing- these are a handful of the symptoms one might experience during a panic attack. I have the utmost empathy for patients experiencing the incredible discomforts of anxiety and panic. My experience and training in multiple evidence-based approaches will help you better understand, manage and prevent the recurrence or escalation of these uncomfortable symptoms.

— Jennifer Bearden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Panic can be absolutely terrifying, especially when it comes out of nowhere. The sudden surge of panic is frightening and you feel like you can't get control of it. I've worked with folks who suffered from panic so severely they couldn't even go to the grocery store on their own. I've taught them the skills necessary to move forward from panic and to start living life again, panic-free. I can help you too.

— Shannon Mosher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kingwood, TX
 

I know how scary panic attacks can be. Sometimes when people first experience a panic attack, they think that it's a heart attack and they go to the hospital. Even doctors can't tell the difference until they get the test results back. Panic attacks can be very scary when you're experiencing them. We can work together on grounding exercises to do during the panic attack to lessen their impact, and we can seek to identify triggers and reasons for the panic attacks.

— Brooke Knowles, Counselor

I have experience treating individuals who suffer from general or acute feelings of anxiety. I also treat those who are experiencing panic attacks and the debilitating affects these can have on their lives.

— Michelle Salzman, Counselor in Irving, TX
 

I have worked with many clients in helping them with their panic attacks. We will explore the underlying feelings that are the source of the panic as well as develop useful skills in dealing with them.

— Ian Felton, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, MN